22 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Marriott Bonvoy Points [2021]

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If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist, perhaps you’ve become savvy at earning lots of Marriott Bonvoy points, but even seasoned members might welcome an earnings refresher!

One thing’s for certain: when it comes to hotel loyalty points, more is better. With that philosophy in mind, we’re going to take a look at dozens of ways we all can earn more Marriott Bonvoy points.

Marriott Bonvoy points are valuable since they can be redeemed for free hotel/resort stays, room upgrades, discounts off of room rates, vacation packages, car rentals, gift cards, donations to charity, transfers to airline partners, Hotel + Air Packages, and more!

In this article, we’ll look at a multitude of ways you can earn all the Marriott Bonvoy points you desire. Let’s get started.

1. Welcome Bonuses and Spending on Marriott Bonvoy-Branded Credit Cards

Marriott Hotel on Beach San Juan
Use your Marriott Bonvoy points to stay at a beach property such as the San Juan Marriott Resort. Image Credit: Marriott

Chase and American Express both issue Marriott Bonvoy-earning personal and business credit cards. You’ll start earning Marriott Bonvoy points immediately on every purchase, and qualify for a welcome bonus once minimum spending requirements are met, normally within the first 3 months after card approval.

Welcome bonuses are the fastest way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points, but there are plenty of ongoing earning options that make it smart to have at least 1 Marriott Bonvoy-branded card in your wallet if you’re a Marriott loyalist.

You’ll continue to earn, during and beyond the welcome bonus, for every purchase made on a Marriott Bonvoy-branded card and elevated earnings on bonus categories that vary by card.

Here are some snapshots of current welcome bonuses and earning categories for several of the most popular Marriott Bonvoy-branded cards.

Limited Time Offer

Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card
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  • For a Limited Time Only! Earn 60,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn up to 14x total Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Card.
  • Earn 2x Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on other travel purchases (from airfare to taxis and trains).
  • 1X point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, qualifying you for Silver Elite Status. Restrictions apply.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommended (670-850)
  • Annual Fee: $0
Limited Time Offer

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card
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  • For a Limited Time Only! Earn 125,000 Bonus Points and 1 Free Night Award (value up to 50,000 points) after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn up to 17x total Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
  • Earn 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommended (670-850)
  • Annual Fee: $95
Limited Time Offer

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points and a bonus Free Night Award after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Resort fees may apply. Terms apply. Offer expires 11/3/2021.
  • Enjoy up to $300 in statement credits each year of Card Membership for eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program. 3 points at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines. 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive 1 free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points) at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy unlimited airport lounge visits when you enroll in Priority Pass™ Select membership.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommended (670-840)
  • Annual Fee: $450
  • Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, click here.

Limited Time Offer

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points & 2 bonus Free Night Awards after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Each bonus Free Night Award has a redemption level up to 50K points. Certain hotels have resort fees. Offer ends 11/3/2021.
  • Earn 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • Earn 4x points at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping. 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status with your Card. Plus, earn Gold Elite status after making $35,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommended (670-840)
  • Annual fee: $125
  • Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, click here.


Bottom Line: Spending on Marriott Bonvoy credit cards and earning the associated introductory welcome bonuses are the fastest ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points. 

2. Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy

One way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is by transferring your Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned from several Chase credit cards. The transfer is simple, has a 1:1 transfer ratio, and can take up to 2 days.

The transfer is not an awesome value for your Ultimate Rewards Points — but you might find value in transferring points to use for an upgraded room, or if you find a PointSavers rate (which can start at 4,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a Category 1 off-peak night). You might also find value when booking 5 consecutive award nights by getting the fifth night free.

The following Chase credit cards allow you to transfer Ultimate Rewards Points directly:

While the Chase Freedom Flex℠ Credit Card, Chase Freedom Unlimited®, and Ink Business Cash® Credit Card earn Ultimate Rewards, these cards do not allow direct transfers to Marriott Bonvoy. You can, however, transfer your Ultimate Rewards points earned on these cards first to one of the premium Chase cards listed above and then to Marriott Bonvoy.

3. Refer-a-Friend Bonus Rewards (Chase)

You can refer friends for Chase credit cards and earn up to 100,000 points per year. To see if your card is eligible, visit the Refer-a-Friend website and enter your last name, zip code, and the last 4 digits of your credit card number.

Marriott Bonvoy-branded Chase card referrals will earn Marriott Bonvoy points and Ultimate Rewards-earning Chase cards will earn Ultimate Rewards that can then be transferred to Marriott Bonvoy.

4. Transfer Amex Membership Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy

Use any of our recommended Amex Membership Rewards-earning credit cards and transfer points to Marriott Bonvoy. As with Chase transfers, this is not a high-value transfer option compared to other Amex partners, however, there are promotions when you can receive up to 50% more in value when making a transfer.

Each Membership Rewards point converts to 1 Marriott Bonvoy point, and transfers are almost instant.

Here are some examples of the best personal Amex cards for earning Membership Rewards points:

Bottom Line: Membership Rewards points are valuable because the points can be transferred to several travel partners to receive the highest redemption rate possible. To learn more about the best ways to redeem Membership Rewards points, we have some great ideas for you. 

5. Refer-a-Friend Bonus Rewards (American Express)

American Express Refer a Friend
Log in to the American Express site to refer someone you know and receive rewards points. Image Credit: American Express

If you currently have a Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card issued by American Express, you can also refer a friend to apply for a card and earn Marriott Bonvoy points once they’re approved. If you have an Amex Membership Rewards-earning card you will earn Membership Rewards for your referral that can then be transferred to Marriott Bonvoy.

Just log in to your online American Express credit card account and select the method you want to use to invite your referral.

You can have American Express send an email, post on your Facebook page, use Twitter, or copy your referral link and send an email of your own.

6. Base Points and Bonus Points for Stays at Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Marriott Bonvoy brands
Marriott has a broad selection of properties where you can earn, and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points. Image Credit: Marriott

Did you know you can earn points without using a Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card to earn Marriott Bonvoy points when staying at any Marriott-family property?

Marriott Bonvoy members earn 10 Marriott Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on qualifying purchases made at any of the core 25 Marriott properties listed above, regardless of which credit card you use (5 points per $1 at Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Element properties, and Homes & Villas by Marriott).

In addition to the base points earned when staying at Marriott collection properties, elite members receive bonus points.

For example, a Platinum Elite member would receive a 50% bonus for a total 15 Marriott Bonvoy points per $1 spent at any of the 25 core Marriott collection properties!

Elite LevelBonus Marriott Bonvoy Points Earned
Silver Elite10%
Gold Elite25%
Platinum Elite50%
Titanium Elite
Titanium Elite with Ambassador

Hot Tip: You can triple dip on Marriott Bonvoy points when staying at Marriott-affiliated properties. You’ll receive points for using your branded credit card, base points in the Marriott Bonvoy program for your stay, and an additional percentage bonus if you have elite status

7. Earn Rewards at Long-Term Stay Properties

You can also stay at extended-stay properties such as Marriott Executive Apartments and ExecuStay properties to earn 2.5 Marriott Bonvoy points per $1 spent.

8. Reward a Friend, Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points

When you tell your friends about the Marriott Bonvoy program and they stay at a Marriott property, you’ll earn Marriott Bonvoy points. Be sure to have your friend sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy program before staying.

Here’s how the Reward a Friend program works:

  • Send invitations to your friends.
  • They receive 2,000 points per stay, up to 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
  • You receive 2,000 points for each time they stay, up to 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a maximum of 5 referrals per year. That’s 50,000 extra Marriott Bonvoy points!

9. Earn Rewards for Purchasing Gift Cards

Purchase Marriott Bonvoy gift cards with your Marriott Bonvoy credit card at participating Marriott properties and receive 6 points per dollar spent. Marriott Bonvoy gift cards make great gifts for weddings, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, or graduates who will be traveling.

Hot Tip: Check your Amex Offers frequently for additional earnings or savings at Marriott properties, which may include gift card purchases.

10. Welcome Gift Points

When you check in to a Marriott collection property, you’ll be offered the option to receive welcome bonus points.

Gold Elite members or higher can select 500 to 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (depending on the property) in lieu of breakfast or a welcome amenity.

11. Earn When Booking Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities

Marriott Experiences
Earn points when booking Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities. Image Credit: Marriott

Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities is a special program offering hundreds of special activities and experiences chosen specifically for Marriott Bonvoy members. Select from gourmet cooking lessons, a riverboat jazz brunch in New Orleans, or perhaps a New York City speakeasy walking tour.

Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities offers experiences at destinations all over the world — best of all, you’ll be earning at least 5x bonus Marriott Bonvoy points for each $1 spent on Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities!

12. Get Rewarded for Your Events

With the Marriott Bonvoy Events program, you’ll earn Marriott Bonvoy points for booking your meeting, wedding, or other special events at a Marriott property.

You can earn 2 points per dollar spent on eligible room, food, beverages, and audio/visual charges for a total of up to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for each event. Titanium Elite members can earn a maximum of 105,000 points per event.

You can also earn Elite qualifying nights for your event booking.

13. Sign Up for Bonus Rewards at Promotion Central

When Marriott Bonvoy runs a promotion, you can earn extra Marriott Bonvoy points for your stays. If you’re a member of Marriott Bonvoy, you should receive an email asking you to register whenever there is a new promotion.

You can always check out Marriott Bonvoy’s Promotion Central to sign in and see if there is a new promotion you may have missed.

14. Earn Rewards While Roaming

Marriott Bonvoy partners with TravellingConnect for cellular roaming services in over 25 countries worldwide. Signing up is free, and Marriott Bonvoy members earn 2 points per dollar spent on services.

15. Book Marriott Vacation Packages

Vacations by Marriott runs ongoing specials that offer bonus Marriott Bonvoy points for booking vacation packages in addition to the points earned on the purchase price.

As an example, one recent promotion offered 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for booking a 4-night stay or longer at a Westin property. You can check out the Vacations by Marriott site to see the current bonus point specials.

16. Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points for Car Rentals Through Hertz

Marriott Bonvoy partners with Hertz to offer Marriott Bonvoy members discounted rental rates and unlimited miles.

Members enjoy the benefits of reserving now, paying later, and even canceling their reservation for free. Use code 154080 during booking for discount and benefits.

Best of all, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn up to 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for Hertz car rentals of 2 days or more.

17. Book Your Cruise Through Cruise With Points

With over 500 trained cruise experts on staff and a 110% money-back price guarantee, Marriott Bonvoy has a dedicated Cruise with Points website.

Receive special pricing, bonus amenities, and up to 3 Marriott Bonvoy points for every $1 you spend at Cruise with Points. Earn even more (up to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points!) when you book a balcony or suite stateroom.

Hot Tip: If you’ve got plenty of Marriott Bonvoy points, you may consider booking your cruise with points instead of cash (however, you won’t earn points when you do this).

18. Your “Identity Can Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points

If you’re a member of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Identity rewards program, you can transfer loyalty points to Marriott Bonvoy. You must contact the Cosmopolitan Identity Program to do so.

The following conversion rates apply:

Identity → Marriott Bonvoy
25,000 → 20,000
10,000 → 8,000
2,500 → 2,000
500 → 400

19. Check Out Marriott Vacation Club Ownership

Many vacationers enjoy the convenience of owning a Marriott Vacation Club timeshare, with access to over 70 Marriott Vacation Club resorts, as well as access to over 4,000 Marriott properties and 3,000 affiliated resorts via the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program,

And for those who don’t mind signing up to visit one of their properties and listening to their presentation, one could earn a stash of Marriott Bonvoy points.

20. Purchasing Marriott Bonvoy Points

If you’re just short of enough points for a particular redemption option, you may want to purchase a small number of Marriott Bonvoy points to top off your account.

Another reason you might purchase points is to keep your points from expiring since Marriott Bonvoy points expire after 24 months of inactivity on your account.

Members may normally purchase a maximum of 50,000 points per calendar year in increments of 1,000 at a rate of $12.50 per 1,000 points, but watch for promotions where points are discounted and limits are increased.

21. Link Your Marriott Bonvoy and Uber Rewards Accounts

As a bonus to whatever earnings you’d get through your credit card and any Uber Rewards you’d earn, you can also triple-dip and earn Marriott Bonvoy points when you link your Marriott Bonvoy account to your Uber account.

Members will earn:

  • 6 Marriott Bonvoy points per $1 spent on Uber Eats deliveries to U.S. Marriott properties with a minimum subtotal of $25 (or 2 points per $1 for non-hotel deliveries)
  • 3 Marriott Bonvoy points per $1 spent on Uber XL, Comfort, Black, and Black SUV rides in the U.S.

22. Eat Around Town

Join Eat Around Town and link your Marriott Bonvoy-branded card to earn up to 6 points per dollar spent at participating restaurants.

Everything Else You Need To Know

The Marriott Bonvoy program allows you to select whether you want to earn miles or rewards points for your purchases. To make your selection, log in to your Marriott Bonvoy account and update your online profile.

If you do not make a selection, the program will default to earning Marriott Bonvoy points.

Once you’ve earned plenty of Marriott Bonvoy points, you’ll probably want to know the best way to redeem your points. Check out our guide on the best ways to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points for the most value.

Final Thoughts

With so many ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points, you should be able to accumulate enough to easily cover an annual vacation or several weekend getaways each year just from everyday spending.

The best value for your Marriott Bonvoy points will normally be for free hotel nights, plus you’ll receive even more value when you utilize the fifth consecutive award night free benefit.

If you’re a traveler whose hotel program choice is Marriott Bonvoy, partnering a branded card with your Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program membership can be very rewarding, regardless of which Marriott Bonvoy-branded card you select.

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Frequently asked questions

Can you have more than 1 Marriott Bonvoy credit card?

Yes, you can have more than 1 Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card. Marriott Bonvoy credit cards are issued by Chase and American Express in both personal and business versions.

How do Marriott Bonvoy points work?

Marriott Bonvoy points are points earned by members of the Marriott Bonvoy Rewards loyalty program.

It’s free to join the Marriott Bonvoy program, so that should be your first step. Then all your stays at Marriott Bonvoy-affiliated properties will earn Marriott Bonvoy points based on the amount of your purchases.

There are many other ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points as we’ve covered in the article. Once you have accumulated Marriott Bonvoy points, you can redeem them for a variety of options, including free nights, vacations, gift cards, and much more.

Where can I find Marriott Bonvoy promotions?

How many points do I need for a Marriott hotel stay?

The number of Marriott Bonvoy points you will need for a 1-night stay will depend on the hotel category and current redemption rates (off-peak, standard, peak). For a standard night, a Category 1 hotel starts at 7,500 points while a Category 4 costs 25,000 points.

There are also sales where rooms are discounted to as low as 4,000 points per night for a Category 1 hotel during off-peak dates. These sales are called PointSavers and can offer good value for your Marriott Bonvoy points.

How can I contact Marriott Bonvoy customer service?

Call Marriott Bonvoy customer service at 800-721-7033.

Which hotel chains are included in the Marriott brand?

The following hotel chains are part of the Marriott brand: AC Hotels by Marriott, Aloft Hotels, Autograph Collection, Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts*, Courtyard by Marriott, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels, EDITION Hotels, Element by Westin, Fairfield by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, JW Marriott Hotels, Le Méridien, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Vacation Club, Moxy Hotels, Protea Hotels by Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Residence Inn by Marriott, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, SpringHill Suites, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve*, TownePlace Suites, Tribute Portfolio, W Hotels, and Westin Hotels.

*Does not participate in Marriott Bonvoy

Do Marriott Bonvoy points expire?

Marriott Bonvoy points expire after 2 years unless you have qualifying activity on your Marriott Bonvoy account. Qualifying activity includes making a paid or reward stay.

Other qualifying activities include purchasing points, holding a meeting or other event at a Marriott-affiliated property, and earning/redeeming points.

Making a purchase on a Marriott Bonvoy credit card will also qualify and keep your points from expiring.

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  1. You can no longer earn Marriott points through shopmyway.


  2. mark Reynolds September 14, 2018

    I am a platinum for life SPG member. The new combined program is a disaster for me. My CC points earned on spending is cut by a third. The no housekeeping bonus is cut by 2 thirds.
    The hurdles to find and book a room online used to be just a couple of clicks, now it is a much more confusing and time consuming process. For instance: On SPG you click on a city in which you wish to stay and you get 1 screen with a list of different pricing options all together. Now, with Marriott, you get a list of 100 hotels and each hotel has a best price listed. The best price is always advance purchase which I don’t care about. So I have to click and click and go back and forth making for a very frustrating experience. Even tho’ I’m Platinum, I’ll find myself going to Hyatt and Priceline to avoid the hassle of Marriott’s reservation site. Thanks.


    • Thanks for your comments, Mark. I am a long term SPG elite member as well (not Platinum lifetime like you, however) and I have experienced similar frustrations with the earnings, the booking process, the awards program and other changes. I have started limiting the brands in my search on the Marriott site to just my preferences; it helps narrow the choices. The booking site still has other problems that I’m confident will be worked out over time but for now, it’s tough to deal with. I feel your pain although I’m hopeful the IT problems will diminish soon.


  3. Steve Johnson January 8, 2019

    I believe as of December, 2018, you can no longer redeem Diner’s Club Rewards points for Marriott points.


    • Hi Steve and thanks for the update. Although it was possible when this post was written, you can no longer transfer from Diner’s Club. Appreciate the information and I will update the post.


  4. Hi. I tried to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Marriott Bonvoy points and couldn’t find any way to do it. I called Marriott Bonvoy and they said only Chase/Bonvoy affiliated cards can transfer. Is there a way you can tell me how to transfer that maybe they don’t know about. Thanks.


    • Hello Maytee. If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred®, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, you can log in to your Chase Ultimate Rewards account (chase.com/ultimaterewards) and go to “Transfer to Travel Partners”, then select Marriott Bonvoy. As mentioned in the article, if you have the Chase Freedom®, Chase Freedom Unlimited℠, or the Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card, you cannot transfer Ultimate Rewards Points directly to Marriott Bonvoy, you must first transfer to one of the premium Chase credit cards listed. You can transfer points between cards also by logging in to your Ultimate Rewards account. Hope this helps.


  5. Do you know if you get the normal 10X points per dollar when spending on Vacations by Marriott packages? Does the 6X bonus points from co-branded credit cards apply to these vacation packages as well?


    • Hi Jon. Thank you for the questions. The 10X points per dollar is valid only on purchases at Marriott properties through the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program. According to the terms and conditions on the co-branded Marriott Bonvoy cards, 6X points earnings include, “purchases charged directly with participating Marriott Bonvoy properties (excluding home share properties), standalone Marriott branded retail establishments, and Marriott branded online stores (including online purchases of Marriott branded gift cards) that, in each case, are wholly owned or managed by Marriott International, Inc and its affiliates. Eligible purchases means purchases for goods and services minus returns and other credits.”


  6. I recently got a Marriott credit card. I am thinking of buying a gift card for a celebration. Do I need to buy a gift card at a Marriott facility to earn 6X points?
    I am planning to buy using https://gifts.marriott.com/.


    • Hello Dan. The 6X points is earned on purchases at Marriott properties so you would need to purchase the Marriott gift card there. I actually purchased a Marriott gift card at Fairfield Inn and received the multiple points. The online gift card purchase will not receive the multiple points as a fulfillment service manages those purchases.


  7. Did anyone else seem to fall just short of lifetime titanium elite when the merge happened and now find themselves with no way to EVER earn that status? Titanium Elite lifetime status was only offered in the year of the merge (2018) so those of us that stayed exclusively with Marriott for years and years (20 to be exact) and were nearly at the point of earning the highest lifetime category available (Platinum before the merge), now have NO WAY to EVER earn Titanium Elite lifetime status? So it’s back to 75 nights per year in order to get the same benefit you were already getting and were just about to reach lifetime on? I have emailed BONVOY a bunch and just get the runaround. Anyone understand the logic behind this?


  8. Hi can you tell me what bonus nights are? My account shows 23 nights stayed and 17 bonus nights for a total of 40 nights. So I need 10 more nights by the end of this calendar year to remain Platinum? I’m confused as to how I’m earning “bonus nights”- is it through using my Marriott card?


    • Hi Deann. You receive 15 bonus nights towards elite status each year on your Marriott card. The other 2 could be rollover nights from last year, from a promotion, or from rewarding events. These all count towards elite status.


  9. I recently stayed at the Marriott Courtyard at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida for cancer treatment for 6weeks plus. I opted for all the point rewards for Green Housekeeping, buying food, special promotions offered at the time. At the end of my stay, my MarriotRewards were 44,000.

    Recently, I switched over to BonVoy and when I logged in it showed only 38,000 points. I called and your associates told me it was correct. Then I had trouble logging into my BonVoy account – it locked me out for 5 days. Even with multiple calls to your customer service they weren’t able to help me get in but they did inform me I had only 36,000(!) Points.🙄 I have lost 8,000 points and haven’t used the account for anything yet.

    I am now able to travel a year after my Cancer Treatment – I’m in remission. The customer service team can’t seem to find the points anywhere and I’m upset. They seemed to have vanished into thin air without a trace… to say I’m disappointed is no small statement as I am a new member. I hope someone can help.


    • Hi Victoria, please be advised we are not Marriott Bonvoy. We are Upgraded Points, a website dedicated to publishing articles on points, miles, and award travel as well as other travel related pieces.

      We’re sorry to hear you’re having difficulty with Marriott’s program but since we are not Marriott (nor are we affiliated with them in any way), we can’t assist you with this issue. We’re so happy to hear you’re in remission and wish you the best in your future travels and we truly hope Marriott can get this worked out for you.

      If you haven’t, try tweeting them or leaving a comment on their FB – some big companies respond better to these social media platforms as they don’t love to see negative press publicized where other potential consumers can read it.


  10. Greg Fowler July 25, 2019

    If I don’t use credit cards much and am just starting out earning Marriott points, should I purchase a pile of points to move up the levels quickly?


    • Hi Greg. Purchasing Marriott points is generally not good value and the points do not count toward Marriott Bonvoy elite status. However, having a Marriott branded credit card, even if you just use it when you occasionally stay at Marriott, will be the fastest way to accumulate points.


  11. Dr FATIMA Habib August 11, 2019

    Hi . I would like to know if we still get points for dining at restaurants in the Marriott properties as non stay points which was the case with SPG ? So, points for spending in restaurants and bars without a stay.


    • Hello Dr Habib. It will, of course, depend on the card as to how many points you will earn. If restaurants are a bonus category on your Marriott branded card and the establishment has a merchant code that defines it as a restaurant, then you will earn the restaurant category point level.


  12. Michael Simcox August 15, 2019

    It used to be that every $3,000 spend equaled one elite qualifying night. Is that still the case?


  13. Hello,

    I was wondering if you earn points on points reservations? And if so how much?


    • Hi Pancha,

      You will not earn points if you paid for your reservation with points.

      Thanks for reading!


      • You can earn points if you use points for a night. I think it may depend on your status but I am Platinum elite and when using points they add “bonus points” into my account.


        • Hi Anthony. The points you’re referring to are probably welcome bonus points one can select when they check in. And yes, you are correct, you do receive these points when using points for a stay. Thanks for your input!


  14. Eugene Swetin October 4, 2019

    Do you get double points when buying Marriott points with Chase Bonvoy card?


  15. Does using my 7 nights package extend the life of my Marriott points? Thanks!


  16. I have what I thought was a simple question but can’t find any information anywhere. What is the conversion rate between Marriott Vacation Club points and Bonvoy points? In my example I have 13,000 Vacation Club points. Thanks in advance.


  17. Do I get credit for night stay if I pay with cash and points?


  18. Do you earn status upgrades based on how much you spend each year? I believe in the past, SPG gave you a status upgrade if you spent $40,000, etc.


  19. Carl Fortenberry February 23, 2020

    Can additional Bonvoy points be purchased using a Marriott gift card?


  20. Peggy Carroll April 2, 2020

    Will I get points on my card for charging auto repairs.


  21. Can I register 2 Marriott credit cards to earn points on one Marriott Bonvoy rewards account?


    • Hi Alice. When you apply for a Marriott credit card, you will be asked for your Marriott Bonvoy rewards account number. The Marriott Rewards account name must match the name on the credit card. You can have 2 Marriott branded cards in your name and both can earn rewards to your account. You can also add an authorized user to your card and their purchases will earn rewards in your account. It is also possible to transfer rewards between accounts but there is a transfer fee.


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